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Nov 11, 2012 3:00pm EST
. this is "your money." the elections are over. the american people have spoken. now it's time for washington to get to work. >> you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. >> that's because nothing is more important to our economic recovery than creating jobs. president obama says he'll add 12 million jobs over the next four years. but for his math to work, the pace of economic growth needs to pick up. with a crisis in europe and a slowdown in asia, an economic storm beyond our control stands ready to batter our shores. still, two years of consistent job growth prove we are heading in the right direction, but the fiscal cliff is one storm that will be of our own making unless washington acts. $7 trillion in across-the-board tax hikes and spending cuts over the next decade mandated to begin in january. it's the legislative equivalent of a slow motion train wreck that washington can avoid. the question? will congress and the president drive that train over a cliff? >> we won't solve the problem of our fiscal imbalance overnight. >> the elections are over. the threats to our economy are not
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Nov 10, 2012 1:00pm EST
storm that will be of our own making unless washington acts. $7 trillion in across the board tax hikes and spending cuts over the next decade mandated to begin in january. it's the legislative equivalent of a slow motion train wreck that washington can avoid. the question, will congress and the president drive that train over a cliff? >> we won't solve the problem of our fiscal imbalance overnight. >> the elections are over. the threats to our economy are not. time to get to work. and there is lots of work to be done. starts with averting the disaster of our own making. i repeat that. the fiscal cliff. we've got it covered frommive angle. christine romans is host of "your bottom line," richard quest of "quest means business," david walker spent a decade oversaeg the federal government, how it spends your tax dollars as the u.s. comptroller general. today he's the ceo of come back america. he's an unapologetic deficit hawk. mohammed al arian is the ceo of pim he could. his firm is the largest investors in bonds. and stephen moore is the founder of the low tax advocacy group club f
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Nov 7, 2012 9:00pm EST
. >> on the other side of the i'll, the gop handles the changing reality in washington. meanwhile, breaking news tonight, the nor'easter bearing down on new york and new jersey tonight. new york city's death toll has risen tonight. we are live in one of the hardest hit areas. jo joining me now, top strategist, david axelrod. >> it was a great night to be in that room with that crowd and the sense of joy frankly and spoke to the young volunteers and staff. and it was a very movingen count counter. when was the moment that you thought we've got this it is all going to plan. >> when the vote started getting counted we knew quickly we have a fairly sophisticated model. we knew when we were hitting our targets and our folks were skilled and when we saw the votes coming in, in ohio and virginia, and then in florida, there was a sense that this could be an earlier evening than we thought. we looked at the demographics. pretty much across the board you had a good night on women, independence, younger people. african-americans, it was a pretty big sweeping area of people coming into vote again for you gu
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Nov 14, 2012 5:00am EST
from washington. brianna, where does the obama administration stand right now with all of this? >> reporter: well, right now we are hearing from the white house who says this won't affect the president's attention to the fiscal cliff situation. that said, we do know that he has had to spend time on this. a limited amount of time in the words of white house press secretary jay carney, but we also know that a lot of staff hours have had to go to dealing with this situation with generals petraeus and allen. yesterday this was the first press conference that we had a chance to ask jay carney about this situation. and he said that the president thinks very highly of general allen, of his service to his country, of the job he's done in afghanistan. and one reporter asked if he, if the president has the full faith, or if general allen, i should say, has the full faith of president obama. and here's what carney said. >> he has faith in general allen, believes he's doing and has done an excellent job at isap. and i would rephrase the pentagon for the process underway with regards to gen
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Nov 7, 2012 2:00pm EST
, four more years in the white house locked in, president obama prepares to head back to washington, where a hard fought campaign pales in comparison to the challenges that lie ahead. the nation is drawing closer and closer to the fiscal cliff. hello and good to see you here on this day after election day. i'm brooke baldwin at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. >> i'm celebrating the day after. john king in washington. hey, brooke. >> good to see you. >> it is good to see you. talk on capitol hill is turning to compromise immediately after the election. listen here, the senate majority leader democrat harry reid. >> it is better to dance than to fight. it is better to work together. everything doesn't -- >> see what the house speaker john boehner has to say. he speaks live next hour. meantime, the biggest battleground still hangs in the balance, the election is not yet over in florida. the nation's largest swing state too close to call. oh, yes, brooke, they're still counting the absentee ballots. >> we'll go there. also happening right now, the market. we have to look at this,
CNN
Nov 7, 2012 12:00pm EST
headquarters in atlanta. >> i'm wolf blitzer in washington. this is cnn's special program, special coverage of america's choice 2012. we're bringing you the story behind the numbers. the demographic breakdown of the president's decisive victory and the implications for the republican party moving forward. >> we're also examining the challenges ahead for the president leading a divided nation and dealing with an immediate fiscal problem facing the country. and his victory speech, the president urged all americans to come together. he said what unites susbigger than what divides us. >> i believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. we're not as cynical as the pundits believe. we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. and together, with your help and god's grace, we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on earth. thank you, america. god b
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Nov 11, 2012 8:00am EST
jones has more now from washington. >> it's time to get back to work. >> reporter: with the election in the rearview mirror, the focus in washington is back on efforts to avoid the economically devastating fiscal cliff. >> if we just go over the cliff and let those policies stay in effect, we're basically going to undo the recovery. metro party really wants to be blamed for that. >> reporter: the cliff amounts to $7 trillion in spending cuts and tax increases over the next decade. the threat of these painful cuts set to begin on january 1st is part of a deal congress and the president made last year to force them to agree on a long-term deficit reduction plan. >> this is a scenario that congress has said if we don't act, we're going to shoot ours. >> reporter: so far that long-term plan hasn't materialized. the biggest chunk of the cliff, the bush tax cuts. they're also a big sticking point. democrats say cuts for families making $250,000 or more must end. >> we're serious about reducing the deficit. we have to combine spending cuts with revenue, and that means asking the wealthiest
CNN
Nov 17, 2012 1:00pm EST
itself if washington allows us to go over the fiscal cliff. according to studies, the average household could pay $3500 more in taxes. unemployment in the u.s. which has come down to 7.9% could head back up above 9% by this time next year. the u.s. could join europe which has been hit by a double dip recession. and according to a pugh research/"washington post" poll, you clearly understand the danger of this fiscal cliff. 68% say it will have a major effect on the economy. 21% say just a minor infect. only 2% say no effect. 10% say they don't know which is why you're watching this right now. president obama's solution to all this is to make a deal centered around increasing taxes on the wealthy which will go a good part of the way to raising the $1.6 trillion in new revenue that he wants to raise over the next decade in his attempt to reduce the federal deficit. he wants to let the bush era tax cuts expire. if that happens, the top tax rate on income would jump from 36% to 39%. he likes to say that's where it was during the clinton years. the second top rate would go from 33% to 36%. no
CNN
Nov 7, 2012 4:00pm EST
with wolf blitzer in washington. hey, wolf. >>> brooke, thanks very much. happening now, the president of the united states is on his way back to washington right now for four more years in the white house. you're going to see his return to the white house during this program. also, republicans still control the house of representatives. will the president find anymore cooperation in his second term than during his first? and after passage of an historic ballot question, how soon will it be until people in colorado can light up a marijuana cigarette legally? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> right now president obama's aboard air force one. he's heading east from chicago. he's already reaching out to congressional leaders trying to set the agenda for his second term in office. across the country today americans awoke to banner headlines from re-elected in the president's hometown "chicago tribune" to "obama wins in his adopted city" "the washington post." the "new york times" proclaimed it's obama's night while "los angeles times" told readers it's obama again. even
CNN
Nov 12, 2012 4:00pm EST
." >>> intriguing new twists and turns in the scandal that's gripping washington, indeed the nation and much of the world. the affair that led general dividend petraeus to resign as director of the central intelligence agency. we're finding out that at least one lawmaker here in washington may have learned of it ahead of the president and there are questions about the investigation that led to petraeus' stunning downfall. brian todd's been working the story for us and getting new information. brian, tell our viewers what's the latest? >> we found out that the house majority leader, republican congressman eric cantor, may have found out almost two weeks before the president did. this and other time lines we're following on the investigation have led to genuine anger over why the white house and other top congressional leaders weren't told sooner. a time line cnn has put together shows the republican house majority leader may have known about former cia director david petraeus' extramarital affair before the president did. that's according to aides to congressman eric cantor who tell us he fou
CNN
Nov 16, 2012 5:00am EST
and spending cuts. jill doherty is in our washington bureau. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> jill, both sides have said they are optimistic about a deal here. they're also not budging on some key issues. >> yeah, i mean, there is some room around the edges, but essentially, and this is the the opening gambit, of course. they're both talking about taxes. the president saying -- and revenue. the president saying that he wants more revenue from the wealthiest americans and the republicans and especially mitch mcconnell, who's the senate minority leader, he's taking a tougher stand than even boehner. let's listen to both of those positions. >> let's be clear. an opening bid of $1.6 trillion in new taxes just isn't serious. it's more than simpson/bowles or any other bipartisan commission has called for. it's been unanimously rejected in the house and senate. it's twice as much as the white house agreed to last summer during the debt ceiling talks, and looked at in the context of the spending cuts yet to be implemented, it amounts to about 20 cents in cuts for every new dollar in tax hi
CNN
Nov 5, 2012 7:00am EST
. >>> welcome back, everybody. you're watching our special coverage of the election live from washington, d.c. this morning. with less than 24 hours to go, the candidates are focusing on the biggest prizes. those elusive swing states. right now, cnn has pennsylvania lean obama but both campaigns are fighting for the key stone state. today president obama is deploying bill clinton there, for four campaign stops. just one day after mitt romney took the state in pennsylvania, the theme from "rocky." pat toomey is a republican senator from pennsylvania. he campaigned with both romney and paul ryan this weekend. he joins us this morning. nice to see you, sir. thanks for talking with us. >> good morning, thanks for having me. >> appreciate that. we've heard sort of mixed messages on the state of pennsylvania. so lay it out for me. listen to republicans, they say pennsylvania is definitely in play. if you talk to the democrats, david plouffe said it's a sign of desperation to talk about pennsylvania. let me play for you what he said and then we'll answer that on the other side. >> we have a great
CNN
Nov 9, 2012 5:00am EST
the senate. >> white house correspondent brianna keilar is live from washington, d.c. for us this morning. brianna, speaker boehner seemed to be offering the president on olive branch earlier this week when he talked about the possibility of increasing revenue. but here he's taking a hard stance against tax increases. what does that say about the chances of a compromise? >> well, it may actually sound kind of like it's splitting hairs. but it's really two different things where he's talking about increasing tax rates. he says he's not okay with that. but he would be maybe okay, maybe amenable to increasing revenue. to bringing in more tax dollars, because there is a difference. and what he's saying is part of a chorus of conciliatory language that we're hearing from democrats and republicans on the hill. listen to more of what john boehner said in that interview. >> -- talk about all kinds of things we may disagree. i'm the most reasonable, responsible person here in washington. the president knows this. he knows that he and i can work together. the election's over. now it's time to get t
CNN
Nov 14, 2012 9:00am EST
access to two of the most powerful and respected men in washington, form er head of the cia. it was kelley who unintentionally exposed his affair and cost him his job as cia director. and then the messages she traded with general john allen, now the focus of his own investigation. tom fuentes is a cnn contributor and former assistant director of the fbi. welcome, tom. >> good morning, carol. >> so kelley san honorary consulate to south korea. now they may fire her if events warrant. this is just getting embarrassing. >> well, i don't know exactly what they're firing her from since that really is a pretty meaningless term in the first place. if she gets demoted from some position that almost means nothing, so what? >> it's hard to understand all of these terms. honorary consulate means she helps the south koreans set up appear parties and stuff? she introduces them to people in the united states? do you know what an honorary consulate is? >> not exactly. diplomatic status is invoked by the host country, like south korea saying this person would be working in your country and
CNN
Nov 8, 2012 5:00am EST
in congress. they came before our cameras yesterday in washington, john. they did talk about the election being a voice from the american voters for a call for compromise. and you heard both men talking about working together to fix the country's problems along with the president. but at the same time, you also heard both men laying down markers and both men disagreeing on whether whether it comes to the fiscal cliff the wealthy should be taxed. take a look at what they said. >> it won't solve the problem of our fiscal imbalance overnight. certainly won't do it in a lame duck session of congress. and it won't be solved simply by raising taxes or taking a plunge off the fiscal cliff. >> the vast majority of the american people rich, poor, everybody agrees that the rich, richest of the rich have to help a little bit. >> another disagreement, john boehner the house speaker talking about doing a framework but getting a new deal done with the new congress. harry reid saying let's not kick the can further down the road. negotiations really get under way next week when both sides of the house an
CNN
Nov 9, 2012 7:00am EST
correspondent brianna keilar is live for us this morning from washington. john boehner was the guy who said he didn't think a lame duck congress could do big things. what can be done in the next, what did i say, 53 days? >> well, maybe finding some sort of stopgap measure. some sort of framework on tax reform, soledad. i think that's the goal here. the fact is, house republicans and president obama and senate democrats, they don't really have a choice. they have to do something, and that became very clear yesterday when the cbo put out a report showing that if the country goes over the fiscal cliff you're looking at economic calamity. you're looking at unemployment ticking up, perhaps two points. you're looking at a recession next year. so, also listen to the conciliatory language that we're hearing from the hill and that we may be hearing from president obama when he speaks here at the white house this afternoon. listen to what john boehner also said about being reasonable. >> we can talk about all kinds of things we may disagree on. i'm the most reasonable, responsible person here in washing
CNN
Nov 9, 2012 4:00pm EST
of representatives before leaving to become the head of the woodrow wilson center for scholars here in washington. suzanne kelly, thanks very much. just a while ago the white house released this written statement from president obama. let me read from part of it "by any measure david petraeus has made our nation safer and stronger. today, i accepted his resignation as director of the central intelligence agency and i am completely confidence that the cia will continue to thrive and carry. let's talk a little more about what's going on, the breaking news. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is standing by. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is standing by. and our chief political analyst gloria borger is standing by. gloria, let me start with you. you just spoke with some people up on the hill. what are they saying? >> i just spoke with diane finestein. she calls this a tragic story for a human being. she says people may start saying he's a scapegoat for benghazi and the controversy in benghazi. she says that is absolutely false. she said i know what the personal story is here
CNN
Nov 14, 2012 7:00am EST
washington, d.c. so, brianna, i guess you have this fiscal cliff, that the administration is dealing with, at the same time you have this unfolding scandal. how is the administration, or has the administration really been dragged into the scandal? >> it's certainly been a distraction. if you watched the white house press briefing yesterday you could see almost all of the questions revolved around this scandal involving generals petraeus and allen. so we know that. certainly. but, jay carney, the white house press secretary, was downplaying this was a distraction, saying the president is still very much focused on the fiscal cliff. we do know, however, that this situation has taken some of the president's time, a limited amount of time, carney said. but at the same time, we know that a lot of staff hours get dedicated to something like this kind of scandal. meantime, carney said that president obama still thinks very highly of general allen. he said that he thinks highly of the job that he's done in afghanistan, and of his service. here's what he said yesterday. the first time that carney
CNN
Nov 12, 2012 7:00am EST
obama's offer? >> cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash is live for us in washington, d.c. what do you make of his comments? >> soledad, look, bill kristol is not an elected official. he doesn't get a vote. but he is a very influential gop voice here in washington. and around the country. and for him to tell republicans it wouldn't kill to them to agree to tax increases for millionaires. it's a big deal. and we heard some similar talk from republicans who do have a vote like senator bob corker. listen to this. >> i think there is a deal, once the yin and yang, we know there has to be revenues. look, i haven't met a wealthy republican or democrat in tennessee that's not willing to contribute more as long as they know we solve the problem. >> and, soledad, now for the but. the but is that sounds conciliatory, and it is but the two sides are still not close on how to cut a deal on any tax increases. for the most part republicans are still opposed to raising tax rates for the wealthiest americans and democrats, led by the president, said this over and over in the campaign, s
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Nov 4, 2012 10:00pm EST
to that neighbor with the other yard sign and i will reach across ate yell in washington to people of good faith with the other party. there's much more than our moment. it's america's moment of renewal and purpose and optimism. we journeyed far and wide in this great campaign for america's future and now we are almost home. i had an experience before i went to bed last night that touched me. i was at a rally in engle wowoo colorado. we had driven through a place called monument colorado. we got someone from colorado here. there you go. it reminded me of something that happened many years before, which underscored my conviction that the american people will always rise to the occasion, something very special about the people of this land. we have within our hearts a desire to live for something bigger than ourself, our family, our faith, our community, our school, our nation. this was at a boy scout court of h honor. any boy scouts here sniffs at the formica table there at this court of honor we give out eagle scouts to boys who earned them and i was at the end of the table next to the american
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Nov 9, 2012 9:00pm EST
. this is someone with a stellar reputation in washington, very well respected. war hero in many ways who was appointed by president obama a little over a year ago to head the cia. now he comes out in his own words, as you just read, and admits to having an extra marital affair was one shock. the other shock, that he's stepping down from his job. this stuff happens a lot more than it should, but it doesn't always bring careers down, so it makes you wonder if there will be more information coming out in the next few days that may cast some light as to why something like this would lead to his resignation. >> you knew general petraeus and his wife holly for a long time. it's a shock to everyone who knew them, by the sounds of it. it almost sounds like in some way this is some kind of smokescreen for the benghazi congress hearings next week in which general petraeus was due to appear. is there any credence to this, do you think? >> right now, i don't think that there is. you're right, though, piers, there have been a lot of rumors that he was going to be pitched over the side, if you will, b
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Nov 15, 2012 9:00am EST
to these attacks? >> well, first of all, assessments from the ground apparently were not getting back to washington, were not getting high enough. that compound was under surveillance by the local services. benghazi itself is a jungle. all sorts of islamic groups. somebody should have raised the red flag early on and either fortified that consulate or simply closed it. somebody made a mistake. i don't know who that was, whether it was the state department or the cia or the combination of the two. but they probably, in the loit of today, they should have pu pulled out a long time ago and run all these operations -- >> just going on to topic number two, did the obama administration try to mislead us as to the nature of the attack? we all heard what susan rice said. republicans say she tried to pin this all on that terrible video that came out, that anti-muslim video, when she knew at the time it was something more. you've heard all the rumors flying around. what do you think? >> well, first of all, susan rice -- maybe she was misinformed. maybe she's getting unfairly blamed. maybe the cia sent a bad
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Nov 9, 2012 9:00am EST
. everyone would be hurt. washington has to get its act together. >> okay. i'm an optimist. if i wasn't, i would cry. christine romans, thank you. >>> there's one thing standing between your wallet and that fiscal cliff. of course, it's the politicians. a few days after a bitter round of elections, can the president and republican lawmakers really find compromise? house speaker john boehner says he's ready to talk. >> talk about all kinds of things we may disagree on. i'm the most reasonable, responsible person here in washington. the president knows this. he knows that he and i can work together. now the election is over. now it's time to get to work. >> brianna keilar is at the white house. so, brianna, what do you expect president obama to say in this afternoon's remarks? >> reporter: carol, i think this is really going to be him sort of setting the scene and explaining to the american people what is at stake here, some of the things that christine outlined. we know that yesterday the cbo, congressional budget office put out a report saying that really the stakes here, that you could se
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Nov 12, 2012 12:00pm EST
. >> so i want to bring in suzanne kelli in washington, and, first of all, tell us a little bit about this video that we're seeing. the fbi so far is determined that security has not been compromised. the agents have interviewed petraeus. what does it say here when you have this woman talking about the cia's investigation into benghazi very publicly? >> well, and you heard for yourself on that piece of video, suzanne. this information hasn't been vetted. is this really something that should appropriately be put out in the public arena in the way that it was? that gets to the very nature of why this relationship was really so messy and so complicated and in the end really inappropriate, but, first of all, i want to say that in temz of what she said about libya and the cia taking prisoners there, this is something that the agency, of course, adamantly denies doing, but the issue really is her extraordinary access to petraeus. when a woman like this who has written a book about him, who, you know, talks openly about the close access she has and relationship with him says something like t
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Nov 16, 2012 7:00am EST
this morning. she's in our washington, d.c. bureau. good morning, jill. >> hello, soledad. well, this is it. both sides are going to be there. they're looking at the tone. they're looking at the president, what kind of tone will he set? you have to say that they're coming in both sides with their essential positions intact. all, both sides are saying that there is some room for a compromise. so, the essential thing is how do you compromise? if you look at the positions, let's say, of the republicans, and it's most strongly, as i say, relayed by senator mitch mcconnell, he does not, and they do not, want any tax increases. so let's listen to him first. >> and let's be clear, an opening bid of $1.6 trillion of new taxes just isn't serious. it's more than simpson-bowles or any other bipartisan commission has called for. it's been unanimously rejected in the house and senate, it's twice as much as the white house seemed ready to agree to during last summer's debt ceiling talks and look at it in the context of the spending cuts that are yet to be enacted from the president's other proposal, it a
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Nov 9, 2012 12:00pm EST
would get a resolution to the debt limit earlier than we did too, so faith in washington doing the right thing is a little bit low, but it does sound like from the conversation you just had with jessica that everybody is taking it quite seriously. >> talk specifically about the tax cuts that are going to expire. how much are most americans probably going to end up paying in increased taxes? >> well, it all depends because the reason this is a fiscal cliff is it's not a plan. ates bunch of stuff that came together at the same time that when it all expires at the end of the year will have this net effect of making people pay more money. so it's hard to tell because president obama wants the tax cuts to expire for everybody but only for the rich, so everybody else gets an extension. the republicans say everybody has to get it, so we're fighting over the 2% highest income earners who will see an increase in their taxes, but basically tax rates will go from a low of 10% to a high of 36% right now to a new system where the lowest would be 15%, and the highest would be 39%, which, by the way, i
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Nov 8, 2012 4:00pm EST
in washington, education reform seems to be more likely to get bipartisan cooperation. but the president can do quite a bit using his executive authority to achieve some changes in energy policy on his own. you mentioned a foreign trip that is right. the president and the white house have announced he will be going in about ten days overseas. he will visit cambodia and thailand and myanmar where he will visit with the now freed leader aun san su kyi. >> he had a phone call yesterday with the republican leadership with john boehner, the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell. is he planning on sitting down with those two republican leaders any time soon? is the white house saying? >> reporter: there's nothing announced for a leaders meeting so far. but i am certain, wolf, that that will be coming because there's such important negotiations ahead. i'm told that the president's conversation with speaker boehner was courteous, it was brief. and i'm told that they also discussed the importance of keeping their public statements vague or general enough so that they leave themselves enough private n
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Nov 11, 2012 6:00am EST
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Nov 5, 2012 12:00pm EST
out of. for example, we think that folks in washington, especially men, should not try to control health care choices that women are perfectly capable of making themselves. >> now, madison, we had a president that shared these beliefs. his name was bill clinton. when he first came into office, his economic plan asked the wealthiest americans to pay a little bit more so we could reduce our deficit and still invest in the skills and ideas of our people, and at the time the republican congress and a certain senate candidate by the name of mitt romney said bill clinton's plan would hurt the economy, would kill jobs, would hurt the job creators. does this sound familiar? turns out his math back then was just as bad as it is now. because by the end of president clinton's second term, america created 23 million new jobs. incomes were up. port was down. our deficit had turned into a surplus. so, wisconsin, our ideas have been tested. we've tried them. they worked. the other side's ideas have also been tested. they didn't work so well. after bill clinton left office during most of the last
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Nov 15, 2012 2:00pm EST
for those benefits. we earned them. and if washington tries to cram decisions about the future... of these programs into a last minute budget deal... we'll all pay the price. aarp is fighting to protect seniors with responsible... solutions that strengthen medicare and... social security for generations to come. we can do better than a last minute deal... that would hurt all of us. >>> angered by a surge in gas prices and government corruption, demonstrators in amman, jordan, burn tires and battle riot police. police responded with teargas and water cannons, fury over gas prices now around $4.25 a gallon. maybe escalating in to cries for democracy. demonstrators did something very rare. hurling insults at king abdullah. some even burned photos of the king. insulting the king is illegal and can result in a prison sentence. arwa damon joins us. is the arab spring movement taking hold now in jordan? >> reporter: well, it certainly is manifesting itself in a fairly different manner. it's important to point out that demonstrations began in jordan back in december of 2010 and the dem
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Nov 8, 2012 7:00am EST
, every four years or so, inside washington. you start talking about what names will be replacing those who will be leaving. nothing official from the white house on this kind of movement, but one of the names that's been thrown around, senator john kerry, who helped the president prepare for the debates, has been talked about possibly going to state. there are other names being thrown around as well, and i'm sure those lists will continue to grow in the coming days. as for the president, nothing public on his schedule today, other than the presidential daily briefing, that will happen later this morning. the first one that will happen here at the white house, since his re-election. the president and the first family return here to the white house, late yesterday. the staff was planning to have a welcome out on the south lawn, but because of bad weather, marine one could not land here, so it was a low-key arrival. what's on the president's agenda, moving forward, you've been talking about dealing with the fiscal cliff, also the president has to work on trying to unite the country after
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Nov 8, 2012 12:00pm EST
started, and i suspect, suzanne, he will have bipartisan support for that in washington d.c. and he will have a lot of support internationally now that the campaign is over. the big question is whether the iranian government will be willing to come in a serious way to the negotiating table. they have not shown that over the last couple of years. i think the pressure is actually going to be on the iranian government. >> do you think that the economic pressure on iran is coming to a breaking point here, a boiling point, where you will see iran come to the table? >> i think the sanctions are beginning to hit the iranian government very hard. both the e.u., oil embargo, the u.s. central bank sanctions, and just look at the indicators of that. the iranian riel, the -- it has been -- the ranian have been hit hard in their inability to use the world banking system because they've been shut off from that system, and so the sanctions are important because they tell the iranians that they are isolated, that they have very few friends in the world, and that they're essentially operating in a r
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Nov 9, 2012 11:00am EST
. . >> reporter: but they are more than ready to start building up again, just as soon as the other washington settles down, and gets back to work. tom foreman, cnn, washington, virginia. >> it's a beautiful town. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me today. cnn "newsroom" continues right now with ashleigh banfield. >> thank you, carol. so nice to see you. and nice to see you, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield. it's 11:00 on the east coast, 8:00 a.m. on the west coast. and leave it to congress to engineer what they call a solution that sets up an even bigger crisis. the so-called fiscal cliff that's now only 52 days away was supposed to be just a threat. an incentive for lawmakers to get their gear on and make some tough choices a year ago. well, now those choices are going to fall to a newly re-elected president, and a lame duck congress. and the prospects? well, the president plans to talk about those prospects in his first public post election comments scheduled for about two hours from now at the white house, and that's exactly where we have positioned cnn's brianna keilar sta
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Nov 18, 2012 8:00am EST
, business pro. yes, it is. go national. go like a pro. >>> let's turn our attention to washington where lawmakers are trying to figure out what the obama administration knew about the deadly attack on bengauze where i. cmn's state of the union host candy crowley is live in washington. candy, good morning. what are lawmakers expecting in this investigation? >> well, you know, what's interesting is this investigation -- and there are many of them going on, not just on capitol hill. you know, there's an outside one as well. has to do with the run-up to what happened in benghazi. was more security asked for by the ambassador himself prior to this horrific event in benghazi? were they aware of any kind of increased security because it was 9/11? then there was the attack itself. what the heck happened? how was it that we lost four americans in that attack that went on for hours and hours? why didn't help come? there's many questions. then there's the aftermath, and that is, wait a second, when did the administration know it was not about a videotape, it was not about a riot outside the bengha
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Nov 4, 2012 7:00am EST
correspondent paul steinhauser joins us from his home base in washington. yesterday you were in pennsylvania covering a paul ryan rally. what do you think is the message for the challengers? >> we're hearing change. change and change. remember four years ago president obama ran on the mantle of hope and change. romney finished up at a rally out in colorado. another one of those eight battleground states we keep talking about. and what mitt romney is saying do you want another four years of under president obama or do you want something a little different? here's part of what he said. >> change can't be measured in speeches. it is measured in achievements. and four years ago, four years ago candidate obama promise dodd so very much, but he's fallen so very short. you recall. he promised he'd be a post-partisan president but he's been most partisan. dividing, attacking, blaming. >> you know, at this late hour here it's all about the ground game. it's about the candidates making sure their supporters actually vote. randi, we heard from both campaigns. the obama campaign telling us they've reach
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Nov 2, 2012 5:00am EDT
to affect their vote. in an abc news/washington post poll 47% believe romney would do a better job hand mg the economy. romney is more likely to improve the job situation compared to 42% for president barack obama. paul, i know you love these numbers. it's down to the wire now. i have the campaign schedule. it's crazy. what do they have planned on the final days to the race? >> it's all about location, location, location in the final four days of campaigning before the election. look at the map and where the president will be. look at the map and you get a sense of ohio, ohio, ohio is pretty important. the president making a number of stops in ohio and iowa. he's going end his campaign in iowa. this is the place where he got his first victory in january, 2008. if you look at the map for romney as well, a lot in ohio as well. other states there, one in particular is pennsylvania. he will be there spending one day over the weekend and so will his running mate, paul ryan. are they trying to put pennsylvania in play, a move of strength or desperation. they have different answers on that one. >
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Nov 4, 2012 6:00am EST
of a balancing to do, but not necessarily good for a president. >> when working in town here in washington, in the evenings, 6:30, we want to be at the dinner table with our kids, and i want to be helping with their homework, and think that's sometimes interpreted as me not wanting to be out there slapping backs and wheeling and dealing. and it really has more to do with just the stage we are in our lives. >> if you're re-elected, your girls will be older. they'll probably have their own weekend plans, might not want to hang out with mom and dad. >> it's already starting to happen. >> do you think you might do more outreach or what you call back-slapping with members of congress? >> my hope is that getting past this election, people i will have an opportunity maybe to step back and say, you know what, the differences that divide us aren't as important as the common bonds we have as americans. and some of that, i'm sure, will require additional effort on my part. hopefully we'll see more effort on the other side as well. >> though being a family man isn't always an asset in office, it is a
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Nov 5, 2012 11:00am EST
own, deadlocked at 49. abc news and washington post. same thing. at the bottom, pew research center, they have the president with a three-point edge, within the sampling error. let's go beyond the top lines and talk about enthusiasm. that could be so crucial. do you get your supporters out to the poll? our poll indicates that republicans are just as enthusiastic about polling as are democrats. and only 4% said they could still change their mind. their mind is made up but they could still be persuaded to change. it could be crucial if a very close contest. >> what about those swing states? it's all coming down to the swing states, as everybody says. >> reporter: it is all about the swing states. 270 electoral votes needed. let's start in ohio. take a look at the latest numbers. our poll from last week had the president with a three-point advantage. let's go to florida, 29 electoral votes at stake here, two very different polls here, nbc has the president with a slight two-point edge. but look at mason dixon, romney with a six-point lead. and numbers in virginia, look at these very, v
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Nov 11, 2012 10:00pm EST
is any indication, it is only going to escalate. >>> as we heard in new york, new work week in washington, a new twists and turns in the resignation of the cia director david petraeus. members of congress were upset that they were the last to know about details that were brought to life about his relationship with his biographer. and we hear that the house spokesman eric cantor did know, and he said he got the information from a whistle-blower. our arthena jones has more. >> reporter: the circumstances surrounding david petraeus' job, so many questions. >> i have so many questions. >> reporter: like complaints that paula broadwell sent harassing e-mails to a woman close to petraeus. and according to an official, that revealed an affair between petraeus and broadwell. james cooper learned of the investigation in a phone call from the fbi on election night. clapper told the white house wednesday according to a senior u.s. intelligence official, but it is unclear when the fbi probe began. >> the fbi drirector had the obligation to tell the president or the national security council at the ea
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Nov 18, 2012 6:00am EST
can with reporters in israel and gaza, in washington. also with the major players in egypt and turkey. let's check in now with our middle east desk that's covering everything happening in this conflict between israel and gaza. nick valencia is down at the desk. nick, what's developing now? >> good morning, victor. we're at the international desk. you see the reporters behind me, getting latest information. we've got the newest video. we're learning that a french minister is expected to meet with them today. we also understand he might meet with the former palestinian president mahmoud abbas. this comes on the heels of comments made by benjamin netanyahu who is, of course, the prime minister of israel. they're prepared to widen the scope to stop rocket attacks. hundreds of rocket attacks have made their way into the territory killing at least three people so far, victor. the casualties aren't just mounting in israel but where 50 people have died in the last few days. this conflict, victor, we've been following it since it's erupted. that's the latest from the international desk. we'll
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Nov 18, 2012 10:00pm EST
to washington back in september and met with the president. very much wanted the president to come here. as you know, there is only one first time that president can come here and that's a very strong signal to the people of this country, of the u.s. seriousness and engagement in this country. and you know, we were talking earlier off camera with you about the septemberance, embrace that we saw after landing here just a short time ago and thousands of school children lined the roadway leading way from the airport. they were chanting, waving flags. this country, many in this country see a real opportunity and the united states sees what's happening here as a model for other countries like north korea. if they do take steps, they do get engaged in some sort of action that u.s. will get involved as well in doing things like dropping sanctions. we have seen them drop sanctions, easing of on the sanctions. those are things that north koreans can experience. >> dan, we appreciate your reporting. the president getting off the plane soon there in myanmar. first trip for the american president to the my
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happens in washington, you would probably see something along the lines of those, of those kind of rates because the economy will move its way back to the trend growth of 3%, 3.5%. i think one, you have to hope that the macroeconomy goes with you. two, i think the policy can make a difference on the margin. and there's a difference of opinion between the two camps, romney's view that high income tax cuts and deregulation lead to growth. the obama view that it's investments in infrastructure, the work force, things of that nature that will lead to faster growth. and you know, you have to pick one or the other. >> and then quickly, yes or no, will voters take these numbers, these jobs numbers just days before election day, into the voting booth with them? >> probably not. i mean, certainly not the people whose power is out and they're dealing with the hurricane damage and stuff like that. but evidence is pretty clear that people get a general impression of the economy as opposed to looking and sayingering well, this was 171,000 and it was expected to be 125,000 so therefore i'm going to be
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Nov 5, 2012 9:00am EST
. freezes job growth. i think the president was right the other day when he said he can't change washington from the inside, only from the outside. we're going to give him that chance. [ cheers and applause ] that's his way. my way is quite different. when i'm elected, i'm going to work with republicans and democrats in congress. i'm going to meet regularly with leaders in both parties. and i'm going to endeavor to find good men and good women on both sides of the aisle that care more about the country than they do about politics. and they're there, and we can make that happen. now, there's no question but you know that regardless of what he says, if the president gets re-elected, he's going to continue his war on coal and oil and natural gas. i have a very different path. when i'm elected, we're going to change course on energy to build jobs, to help put the price at the pump. we're going to achieve north american energy independence in eight years. if the president were to be re-elected, i'm convinced he will continue to crush small business with his plan to raise taxes on them. to force
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Nov 3, 2012 12:00am EDT
when governors need help, they come to washington. and americans expect washington to help. there is a role for the commander in chief, for the president of the united states, when disaster strikes at home. that's what americans expect of their leader. >> were you pleased that the marathon was canceled? >> yeah. i think it was a smart move. i do. it's been -- new yorkers have been really terrific about this. people downtown in manhattan have been four days without light or power. the streets are dark. it's like sarajevo during the siege in the balkans and the thought of more people coming in on top of the people that are already there and the people in and out of hotels, trying to find places to get showers and restaurants closed, basically all of manhattan's population was jammed north of 40th street, so it only makes sense given the uncertainties of this and the pressure on services in manhattan and the discomfiture of people there, don't do the marathon. >> general wesley clark, thank you very much indeed. >> thank you. >>> coming up, rudy giuliani joining me from ohio.
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. he joins me now as does my good friend christine romans. she joins me from washington. jim acosta from did he back to you, iowa, where mitt romney just landed. brianna keeler is in milwaukee, wisconsin, traveling with president obama. let's start here in ohio. the state has a very complex economy. here's some of what we've been hearing from voters on this trip. >> just a lot of depressed areas. a lot of joblessness. >> just looking at the unemployment rate, it's so scary to me. >> the last four years has not been very good for our small business. >> with the debt crisis, our country has, that burden is going to be on us in the future. >> all of the skills i had are obsolete now. >> i'm not up at the white house. i don't see rich people all the time. i see a lot of poor people. >> shut down, closed, reduced wages, ship the jobs overseas. we lost 55,000 factories. >> we're probably never have the things that we did 30, 40 years ago. >> balance the budget. we keep spending more and more. somewhere along the line it's going to come back and haunt us. >> they didn't plan for us. now we
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Nov 9, 2012 10:00pm EST
eyebrows? >> she had incredible access. spent a year over in afghanistan. so, you know, in washington, unfortunately, any sort of competent woman has that sort of access and is successful there, is bound to be snipping and gossiping. i don't think anybody took it seriously. he seemed beyond reproach. he worked incredible hard, incredibly confident. dianne feinstein called his resignation tragic. i think that's right. it's a real loss to the country. this aside, right. so you asked suzanne when would the white house have known? whenever the fbi opens an investigation of a narrow fishl, they have to make notifications of that, especially if there is some counterintelligence conc n concern. we've heard that would have wen to jim clap either who would have notified the national security adviser or chief of staff. they would have been aware of this, because of the very concern of a breach of some sort of national security information that they were investigating. >> >>. >> bob, i know you say this is an extraordinary event. the fact that they were investigating, does that add up so far to
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in wisconsin, and a very small two-point edge in new hampshire. i'm joined by mark preston live in washington. mark, there's been a lot of talk about the president's handling of hurricane sandy and how it might affect this race. we get a glimpse of what americans think about this handling in a new poll by abc/"washington post." 78% of voters approve of the president's response, 44% say they approve of mitt romney's reaction. neither candidate is seeking to politicize this were tragedy overtly. but it really does beg the question, how could this affect this race? >> it certainly puts the president in the position of being a commander in chief and being the leader at the time of a crisis. and in many ways, he's gotten a lot of support of one of mitt romney's top surrogates, and that's chris christie. and just yesterday we saw president obama and chris christie in new jersey surveying the damage. let's listen to what they had to say about each other. >> i cannot thank the president enough about his concern and the compassion for our state. i heard it on the phone skand w able to witness it today
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for the update. >>> let's get to washington now, where a pretty fiery president obama ready to take off the gloves, if the republicans want to fight. the president clearly stating two key demands during his first news conference, ever since winning re-election. the first on taxes and the fiscal cliff. >> but what i'm not going to do is to extend bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% that we can't afford, and according to economists, will have the least positive impact on our economy. >> the president also making clear that he has susan rice's back. that's his ambassador, the embattled u.s. ambassador to the united nations. initially she said that that september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi began as a spontaneous protest against an anti-islam film. well, now two top-ranking republicans are vowing to block her nomination if, in fact, she is picked to be the next secretary of state. that had the president very anger. here's what he said. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> white house correspondent dan lot
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